By TIM WHITMAN
June 25, 2008
Brewers 4, Braves 3
Milwaukee starter Dave Bush did not encounter much resistance in cutting through the Atlanta lineup for seven innings. Bush allowed only four hits and one walk, keeping the Braves to just one run. His counterpart, Charlie Morton, pitched well in the loss, going six innings and allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Unfortunately for Morton, the Atlanta defense committed an inexcusable four errors while led to two unearned runs. Shortstop J.J. Hardy led the way for the Brew Crew, smacking two hits and driving in and scoring a run. Closer Salomon Torres made things interesting as he served up a two-run homer to the streaking Mark Teixeira before wiggling his way out of a jam.
Angels 8, Nationals 3
The good news for the Nationals: Their bullpen tossed six shutout innings while only conceding three hits. The bad news: Their bullpen had to pitch seven innings. Starter Shawn Hill lasted just three innings, in part because of an atrocious six-run first inning. Elijah Dukes and Wily Mo Pena both hit solo shots for the Nats. Angels starter Jon Garland was the beneficiary of the early lead, pitching seven solid innings and allowing only six hits en route to the victory. Catcher Mike Napoli headed up the Halos’ attack, knocking in three runs, including two on a round-tripper off Hill.
Orioles 7, Cubs 5
Chicago lost at home for the first time since mid-May as the Baltimore offense finally provided starter Jeremy Guthrie with some run support. Guthrie was good for six innings, holding the Cubs to seven hits and four runs to pick up his fourth win. Nick Markakis and Luke Scott, who each had two hits and two RBI, provided the support. Chicago spot-starter Sean Marshall was knocked around for four earned runs on seven hits in his 4 2/3 innings. Outfielder Jim Edmonds is showing some signs of life since being revived from the scrap heap, crushing a three-run shot in the seventh. George Sherrill loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth before striking out the side to end it.
Giants 3, Indians 2
Jonathan Sanchez stymied the Tribe for 7 2/3 innings. He K’d eight little Indians, holding them to five hits and only one earned run. The San Francisco batters barely scraped together enough offense to earn him his seventh win; Omar Vizquel certainly didn’t help as he went hitless and left five men on base. 23-year-old Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey held his own as he went 6 2/3 and kept the punchless Giants to one earned run on four hits and three walks. Brian Wilson struggled to earn his 20th save of the year, yielding two hits, one walk and one earned run in the process.
Red Sox 5, Diamondbacks 4
Third baseman Mike Lowell’s eighth-inning, two-run wall ball tied up a game in which the Sox offense showed no signs of life until late. Cancer survivor Doug Davis steamed through the Sox sluggers for seven innings and struck out six. His luck ran out as he allowed two hits to begin the eighth and was pulled for reliever Chad Qualls. Qualls allowed both inherited runners to score, followed by two of his own. Dustin Pedroia cranked one out in the first inning for one of his two hits on the night. Chad Tracy accounted for all of the D-backs’ offense, delivering an RBI single and a three-run blast into the right field bullpen. Jonathan Papelbon stuck out two en route to his 22nd save.
Cardinals 8, Detroit 4
Kenny Rogers was kind enough to throw some batting practice to St. Louis. They teed off on him for five earned runs on nine hits, and he was rewarded with his fifth loss. Brian Barton and Brendan Ryan knocked in two runs apiece to boost the Cards. Ivan Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera connected for solo shots and Gary Sheffield launched a two-run homer for Detroit.
Pirates 12, Yankees 5
The small-market Pirates’ offense crushed the big-market Yankees’ pitching as Darrell Rasner and LaTroy Hawkins combined to cough up 11 earned runs on 17 hits, including two homers. Ryan Doumit and Adam LaRoche stroked three hits and drove in two runs apiece, while five other Pittsburgh batters knocked in runs of their own during the rout. Tom Gorzelanny was the beneficiary of all the offense, tossing six innings while allowing three earned runs on six hits and five walks.
Blue Jays 14, Reds 1
A quote from a friend pretty much sums this game up: “I think it’s time for Arroyo to do the whole guitar/singing thing full-time.” The longhaired crooner strummed his way to 10 earned runs on 11 hits while recording just three outs. Marco Scutaro and Alex Rios collected four hits apiece and Scott Rolen smacked a three-run homer in the first and plated four runs in total. Gregg Zaun also took Arroyo deep and finished with three RBI. A.J. Burnett was on fire on the mound, going eight strong innings and holding the Reds to one run on four hits while fanning seven.
Mariners 11, Mets 0
Seattle didn’t need their pitchers to hit any grand slams in order to win this game against the Mets. Raul Ibanez drove in three runs on three hits and Richie Sexson tried to increase his trade value by collecting three RBI of his own. Kenji Johjima made the most of his limited playing time by blasting a two-run bomb off starter Oliver Perez. Perez struggled through his five innings, yielding five earned runs on seven hits. Reliever Claudio Vargas didn’t fare much better as he served up four runs during his two innings. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey found his groove, tossing seven innings while allowing six hits and fanning five.
Rays 6, Marlins 4
Rookie third baseman Evan Longoria provided the winning margin in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run double to win this round of the sushi battle in south Florida. Marlins starter Scott Olsen had put the fish in position to win by tossing seven strong innings and holding the Rays to two runs on four hits, but his bullpen couldn’t deliver. Renyel Pinto entered the game in the eighth inning with a one-run lead and promptly allowed three straight hits without recording an out. Akinori Iwamura drove in two runs for Tampa.
Astros 4, Rangers 3
Lance Berkman slugged a two-run home run in the eighth inning off reliever Joaquin Benoit, and Houston held on to win after Texas’ Ramon Vazquez launched a two-run jack of his own off Astros closer Jose Valverde to cut the lead to one. Brian Moehler earned the victory by allowing one run on five hits while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings. Rookie Eric Hurley was the tough-luck loser, allowing two earned runs on six hits in his six innings of work.
Royals 7, Rockies 3
Zack Greinke pitched six innings of three-run ball and struck out 10 Rockies en route to his seventh win of the year. Kansas City’s Alex Gordon slugged his ninth homer of the year, a two-run shot, in support of Greinke, while Mike Aviles and Ross Gload had two hits apiece. Matt Holliday went deep for the Rockies, while teammates Ryan Spilborghs, Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe each contributed two base knocks.
Athletics 5, Phillies 2
Emil Brown smacked a three-run jack in the seventh and Jack Cust followed with a two-run shot in the eighth to lift the A’s over the Phillies. Joe Blanton improved to 4-10, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings while striking out five. Jamie Moyer, who was a rookie while Reggie Jackson was still playing (look it up), struck out nine in seven strong innings of work but took the loss after allowing Brown’s three-run bomb. Huston Street fanned two in the ninth on the way to his 14th save.
Twins 3, Padres 1
Minnesota’s Brendan Harris and Brian Buscher went back-to-back off all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth inning and lift the Twins to victory. The game began as a pitchers’ duel between Jake Peavy (six innings, one run, six K’s) and Kevin Slowey (six innings, no runs, seven K’s), but ended with the back-to-back jacks followed by a Joe Nathan save.
White Sox 6, Dodgers 1
Mark Buehrle allowed just one run on six hits over eight strong innings of work as the ChiSox topped the Dodgers in L.A. Jermaine Dye slugged a two-run homer, while DeWayne Wise had three hits, including a double and a triple, two runs scored and an RBI in the win. Carlos Quentin and Orlando Cabrera contributed two hits apiece. Derek Lowe took the loss by allowing five runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings, but did strike out eight.
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